Estee Lauder Double Wear

Partly due to the hot and humid conditions we have been experiencing here in the UK and partly because I have two summer wedding to attend, I decided to invest in a long lasting foundation and powder.

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I have read rave reviews of the Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation and Powder so decided to give it a try. I went to Debenhams and found that there is the normal Double Wear and there is also the Double Wear Light. I asked for samples of the shades that most suited my skin tone in both to test out at home (Double Wear – Rich Caramel and Double Wear Light – Intensity 05).

After four days testing I was completely and utterly sold on the original Double Wear in the shade Rich Caramel (£28.50). This shade is the exact colour match for me and wonderfully they do Double Wear Powders in exactly the same shades as the foundations so I got the powder in Rich Caramel too (£29.00).

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The packaging as always is beautiful and sophisticated. The powder comes with a sponge applicator in the bottom section.

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It is almost impossible to show the effects of this foundation. It is a heavier coverage than anything I tend to use and yet somehow ends up looking natural yet airbrushed and smooth. The powder for was a perfect match and just blurred all the imperfections and set everything beautifully.

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Asos Boucle Jacket

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I finally gave in and got this jacket after seeing it featured in quite a few blogs! It was £35 from Asos which I think is quite a good price for this. The material is thicker than you think so isn’t really suitable for very hot days but perfect for the normal UK summer/spring/autumn as it is quite warm. I LOVE the colours. It definitely adds interest to a simple outfit!

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Worn with New Look jeans and Cage Sandals above and with old Jigsaw dress and Primark belt and shoes below.

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Zara Skort

I know everyone in the “blogosphere” has got one of these so of course my curiosity got the better of me and I ordered a white pair from Zara.

As you can probably guess from the name this is across between a skirt and shorts. They are surprisignly flattering and very comfortable. The white is lovely for the summer and I am already lusting after a black pair to wear with tights in the winter. For £22.99 I think they are worth it.

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Worn with New Look t-shirt and Whistles Kir Royale Ankle Boots (throughout).

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With Next top (in the sale for £12).

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With H&M blouse.

Eyelash Extensions – Goodbye Mascara!

A very dear friend was getting married and I decided I would give eyelash extensions a try for her wedding! So off I went to a local salon to have them done. It took about half an hour and very little discomfort. The lovely lady put a protective “pad” over my lower lashes and proceeded to glue false lashes to my existing lashes. She chose how many and what length. All I said was not too flashy but enough to see a difference.

So the picture below is me with my normal lashes and some mascara.

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and this is with extensions …

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I LOVE them!!!

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They feel a bit weird after first application. They are quite hard and feel almost plastic. You have to be quite careful when cleansing your face so not to rub or use oils or generally get too rough! You cant wear mascara with these but you don’t need to! They fall out naturally with your lashes and are meant to last up to a month.

Mine cost me £19 in a local salon (I found a deal) but they would normally be £30 and £15 for infills which are recommended after 2-4 weeks.

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I think they look amazing. My face feels transformed and my eyes just pop. I found that I am wearing less makeup overall. Not having to wear mascara is a bonus – less time cleansing etc. but I do miss it just a bit!!

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Would I have these done again – YES! I do however worry about my real lashes and whether they would somehow weaken them? I think I will probably only have this for special occasions but it is a definite must try!

White Company – Sparkle Pocket Cardigans

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I found these beautiful “sparkle pocket” drape cardigans in the sale in the White Company recently. They are a linen-cotton blend cardigan with sparkle pockets! I got both the taupe and navy and they have become an everyday staple in my wardrobe.

They were reduced from £75 to £30. They wash easily and hold their shape well. They only had one size of each left in my local branch so I ended up with the large in taupe and the small in navy! Doesn’t seem to make a huge difference!

Great timeless piece at bargain prices!

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Taupe cardigan worn above with New Look jeans and in second picture with old Jigsaw dress, Primark belt and shoes.

Navy cardigan worn below with shorts I bought at the Isle of Wight festival and Whistles ankle boots.

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Chanel – Soleil Tan

First of all I LOVE all of CHANEL’s  makeup – which girl wouldn’t!

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This product is one of my all time favourite products that I have been using for almost a decade (yes!). It is the Soleil Tan (£31) previously known as Bronze Universel.

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The Soleil Tan is a “light cream-gel bronzer” which for those of you with a paler complexion will give a light tanned/bronzed look. Lisa Eldridge has used this in a few of her videos and also did a great video for CHANEL on how to use this.

For me this is like a second skin but better. By sheer luck this is the exact same colour as my skin so it just melts in and gives me a gorgeous glowy finish. The consistency is somewhere between a solid and cream gel. It is just beautiful to apply and lasts really well.

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I love everything about this – even the packaging is beautiful! If you are looking for a luxury bronzer or skin perfector (in my case) look no further!